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Makaras, Phoenixes and Flowers
13th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Central Asian
Creator Name-CRT: Central Asia or Daidu, 13th century
Title: Makaras, Phoenixes and Flowers
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1200
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: 13th century
Object Type: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: lampas, silk and gold thread
Dimensions: Overall: 51.3cm x 75.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1991.5
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: Makaras, Phoenixes, and FlowersLampas; silk and gold threadCentral Asia or Daidu, 1200s, Mongol Period (1207-1368)The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1991.5,a,b(Cat. no. 41)Central Asian designers drew from a wide variety of motifs, both imaginaryand real. In this silk, rows of soaring phoenixes alternate with rows ofmakaras. Combining a fish body and tail, wings, and a dragon's head, themakara originated in India as a water creature. With the spread ofBuddhism, the motif migrated into the art of Central Asia and, from there,into the art of northern China.In Italy, exotic Central Asian patterns such as this inspired flights ofimagination. One such example (seen in the photograph below) shows acreature, strikingly similar to the makara, spewing forth a dragon while adog walks up its back.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1991.5
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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